Chandra snaps the galaxy

via Astronomy Now.

The x-ray space telescope Chandra has become the latest satellite to spend time getting a widefield and deep view of a galaxy, this time the centre of our own Milky Way. The image, shown below, shows low energy x-rays in red, medium in green and high in blue.

Credit: NASA/CXC/UMass/D. Wang et al

Credit: NASA/CXC/UMass/D. Wang et al

The image shows x-rays from the supermassive black hole, the hot winds of young stars interacting with the relatively dense dust, stars feeding material into the strong gravitational fields of white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes as well as unexpected filaments, possibly related to electromagnetic structures interacting with electrons or simply large solar flare like events elsewhere. The image is a mosaic of 88 Chandra images and is released to coincide with a four day conference on Chandra’s first decade of discovery, this being its tenth year of operation.


2 responses to “Chandra snaps the galaxy

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